Study Abroad


All students participating in a study abroad opportunity must attend an orientation conducted by UW Study Abroad. Depending on the study abroad program, students may also be required to attend site-specific or on-site orientations as well.

Mandatory pre-departure orientation

This orientation is for every student accepted to a study abroad program. It covers important health, safety, and cultural adjustment issues as well as important UW procedures, such as enrollment and credits. Using suggestions from previous study abroad students and guidelines from the UW and its partners, this orientation prepares you for some of the issues you will face while away and provides you the opportunity to meet with others going abroad.

Several orientation dates are offered each quarter with a variety of times, so we expect each student to find room in their schedule to attend an orientation the quarter prior to departure. Orientations are approximately 90 minutes in length.


**UPDATE: Currently, there are no scheduled orientations for Winter 2018. We will notify students once we have finalized dates

Click on the following link to sign up for the mandatory orientation


If you live outside the greater Seattle area, contact our office

**Regardless of when you attend the orientation, you must meet the registration date for your particular term of departure in order to avoid a $75 late enrollment fee**

Site-specific orientations

Some study abroad programs require program-specific, pre-departure orientations in addition to the mandatory orientation.This requirement applies to all UW faculty-led programs. Check with your program director or student abroad adviser to ask if this applies to you.

On-site orientation

Most study abroad programs and exchanges provide on-site orientations with in-country staff or program directors.These orientations serve to introduce you to the new environment, help you make the adjustment to your new home, as well as provide on-site resources and support.

Optional orientation: Being a Woman Abroad

Based on requests from study abroad alumni we have developed the orientation “Being a Woman Abroad: How to Stay Safe, Healthy and Culturally Mindful.” It is our goal to provide study abroad students with information regarding female health and safety, relationships abroad, and international expectations of women. We, along with other female students who have recently traveled abroad will be offering advice and facilitating discussion as well as answering any questions or concerns you may have. All genders are encouraged to attend!

Upcoming orientations:

Thursday, November 30th, 5:00 – 6:00PM in 459 Schmitz Hall

Please RSVP 

Optional orientation: Racial Identity When Studying Abroad

Based on feedback from students, we have developed the module “Racial Identity When Studying Abroad”. We hope to give study abroad students the opportunity to both consider and reflect on experiences such as encountering racial stereotypes, developing support systems, and understanding identity. Students, alumni, and panelists will break into small groups to discuss the complexities of race and identity through the lens of studying abroad. All past and future study abroad students are welcome to attend.

Upcoming orientation:

Thursday, November 16th, 5:00 – 7:00PM in the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC)

Please RSVP: